Pregnancy discrimination and harassment
Each year almost 50% of all pregnant women in Great Britain experience some form of disadvantage at work, simply for being pregnant or taking maternity leave. Around 3% of those who lose their job will attempt to seek financial compensation for their dismissal at an Employment Tribunal. Less than one in 20 will seek advice.*
Taking action when faced with pregnancy discrimination is a difficult decision and being able to discuss it with other women who are currently seeking to remedy their situation either formally or informally can really help. Many women who have stood up against discrimination have said that having the support of family and friends is essential, but being able to talk to others who are going through the same experience has given them the extra determination to see it through.
Our web site seeks to offer you online peer to peer support through ‘Your Views‘ where you can talk to other women facing pregnancy discrimination as well as reading personal stories and gaining some legal insight into your rights. Supporters of WEN include two specialist charitable organisations Working Families and Maternity Action who can both provide you with information and assistance.
My story and your views
Within this section, you will be able to read several personal stories including ‘My Story’ by Daniella who talks about her experience of losing her job due to pregnancy discrimination.
WEN is also keen for as many women as possible to participate in our blogs and discussions through ‘Your Views’. This is the area of the site where you can interact and share experiences. Creating an account is very simple requiring only a username and an email account, however, we recommend you read our forum guidance before starting.
Our web site will provide you with basic legal information on maternity and pregnancy discrimination law and provide you with some common scenarios; however, you should always seek professional advice before making any decisions.
*Figures taken from Equal Opportunities Commission report on discrimination against new and expectant mothers in the workplace 2005